HomePerching BirdsBlack-legged Kittiwake - 04 Dec 2022 

Black-legged Kittiwake – 04 Dec 2022 

Black-legged Kittiwake – 04 Dec 2022 

The Other Day a Black-legged Kittiwake was reported on the Detroit River beside Belle Island State Park. Today it was re-located swimming in the cove beside the Dossin Great Lakes Gallery and also reported to be “extremely tame” and also permitting bird’s-eye views. I got hold of the video camera and also Robin and also I drove to Detroit; she required to go to the gallery for institution so it was a best possibility for both people.

Along the road I obtained a phone call from Patricia Rydzewski, “Think what I’m doing now?”. “I wager you are checking out a kittiwake?”. “Yes!” Certainly, equally as we showed up the bird had actually left …

Thankfully, Diane Kovach and also Lori Waller stated that it would certainly return quickly as it often tended to fly out over the river after that go back to forage. They were not incorrect. In simply mins it landed in the tiny cove and also swam along the coastline beside the gallery.

After a couple of fast ruptureds with the Sony a1 and also 600/4 lens I chose to stroll over to the gallery side of the cover where illumination was far better. The Black-legged Kittiwake was standing out versus heaven waters in the bright however windy mid-day light. Unbelievably bird’s-eye views simply a couple of feet far from coast!

A lovely 1st-year bird was revealing its distinct black ear-patch, black neck spot and also strong black carpal bars on grey wings and also white head and also breast. Costs was jet black, as were the legs (see listed below).


It swam along the coast searching for minnows. It would certainly make brief ruptureds on the wing to capture the unlucky minnows and also was feeding fairly well.

At 30 fps I was firing like a psycho attempting to capture the trip ruptureds and also fish-eating actions. I anticipated to fill out my 160 GB card w/ 3500+ photos in a snap. I would certainly later on locate out that my video camera in some way obtained changed to single-frame capture, so every ruptured videotaped just the very first photo. I believed I would certainly be extra distressed, however offered the variety of photos I did have I was rather happy that I really did not need to examine many photos.

Thankfully, I had time to catch some 8K video clip for the very first time w/ the Sony a1 in the terrific light, so I had the ability to videotape the actions in real-time. The YouTube video clip has actually been scaled down to 4K.

I wondered to see exactly how well the frame-capture high quality was. Below are a variety of framework grabs from the video clip. Outstanding!

A dults have tidy white heads and also breast with grey backs, wings, and also black wing-tips. Expenses in grownups are a tidy, velvety yellow unlike the all-black expense of the Premature birds, similar to this one. They are unusual to the Great Lakes Area, investing their winters months north along the eastern and also west shores.

map thanks to allaboutbirds.com

A variety of Premature birds have actually been reported just recently, with a number of seen on Lake Erie near Cleveland. Below is the eBird map of discoveries

Amazing bird! And also an excellent pre-birthday existing!



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